Scenario: Its midnight and we are all tucked tightly in our beds at our respected fire stations. We are awakened by the tones, and then “all stations, stand by for a call for a house fire with flames visible.” That alone will get your adrenaline flowing, plus the stress of waking up from a sound sleep. From 0 to 100% is where we go to in this situation. By now we’ve seen the computer training video about, performing a 360 size up, on our arrival to the scene. We’ve know what to look for when we approach the scene. Are there any vehicles in the driveway, what time of day is it? Are there any signs of children’s toys for example, bicycles in the yard? All clues of, is there anyone at home, or in the structure? Firefighter safety, Primary searches, Fire Suppression tactics, RIT operations, Utilities, EMS, exposures, do I have enough units enroute, just to get started. But what about when we enter, into the structure? What if I, or one of our brothers of sisters get into a bad situation. I mean what if we encounter a situation, were we have perhaps, lost our hose line, and we are on the second floor of the structure, and fire is impeding into our personal space. We have to react! Suppose we have to use the EZ-Scape integrated self-rescue belts. We’ve all been trained on how to initiate the escape belts and use a window for our route to safety. I pray we never have to use the escape belts in real fire scenes. Well enough of this scenario, and to points of interest. To my understanding the belts are designed for one use only, if used in an emergency situation. If during a fire, the device is deployed, NFPA standards mandate it must be removed from service and replaced after it is used.
I read an article that says for training purposes, it is recommended that belts that are designated for training only, are not to be put in service, on the pumpers. Those belts can be used for up to 35 bailout training exercises provided they pass inspection after each use.
Case Study: Mark 2 v 1-12 “The Paralytic man” To get out of a bad situation, we sometimes have to “bail out” to get to a better environment. I am reminded of when Jesus was teaching in Capernaum, inside a house, someone who was a paralytic was carried to the home by 4 men. The men once they got to the house, could not get to the front door because of the crowd of people there, listening to Jesus. So the 4 men, in a perhaps desperate situation, decided to climb on top of the house, carrying the paralytic on to the roof with them, and then, scripture tells the 4 men dug through the roof until it opened, and they lowered the paralytic man down to Jesus. Jesus saw the faith, of the 4 men that had lowered their friend, and his mat to Him, and said “Son your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2v11 Jesus said “I tell you, get up, pick up your stretcher (mat) and go home.” (12) Immediately he got up, picked up the stretcher (mat), and went out in front of everyone… HCSB version
Application for you and me: Don’t be afraid to bail out to Jesus. He is always there waiting for us. Sometimes it’s difficult to stand in our own strength, and we allow pride to keep us from Jesus, and at times, we have the “I can get thru a no win situation, on my own, attitude.” Ephesians 4 v 2&3 Be completely humble, and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another with love. (3) Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Allow the Lord to work thru your situation. Sometimes He will allow you to stand and endure, and other times He will give you a way of escape. Bailing Out is not a bad thing, especially if you are in danger. The paralytic man and his 4 friends had faith enough, to bail off of a roof, to where Jesus was at. Bailing out of a window in an emergency situation, is a bit frightening, but think about the alternative.
God bless you this week!!!